Local and International experts to share policies, strategies, actions and business models for the promotion of private sector inclusive green growth and job creation.
LUSAKA, (ILO News) – Employment, Labour and Commerce Ministers from Finland and Zambia together with over 120 policy makers and implementers, chief executive officers, senior managers and officials from private, public and civil society entities, employer and worker organisations, entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, innovators, academicians and researchers from more than 25 countries in Africa and elsewhere will from September 6 - 8, 2017 gather at Avani Hotel in Livingstone to discuss policy and actions for promoting inclusive green growth and the creation of decent green jobs.
High on the agenda will be innovative/sustainable approaches for the promotion of private sector led inclusive green growth strategies that result in more and better jobs for the youth.
For the business community, sustainability is more than mere window-dressing. By adopting sustainable practices, companies can gain competitive edge, increase their market share, and boost shareholder value. What's more, the growing demand for 'green' products has created major new markets in which sharp-eyed eco-entrepreneurs are reaping rewards.
The Africa Forum will promote business linkages and illuminate shared value models that businesses can adopt, and specific approaches and partnerships that they can use, to turn the principles of sustainable development into a competitive advantage for inclusive green growth and the creation of green decent jobs.
The high level event, which is jointly organised by the Finnish funded ILO Led Zambia Green Jobs Programme, Government of Zambia, Government of Finland, International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Partnership for Green Economy (PAGE) and SWITCH Africa Green, will serve as a platform for sharing lessons and best practices, and showcasing innovative solutions to developing markets for green growth and job creation through private sector development.
The Africa Forum is in line with the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goal number eight on “promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” It falls under the ILO’s Green Centenary Initiative which marks ILO’s 100 years in promoting social justice and decent work. It also marks Finland’s 100 year celebrations and international development support. Minister of Employment of Finland Mr. Jari Lindstrom and his Zambian counterparts will plant a tree marking Finland’s 100 year celebrations and its continued development assistance in promoting green growth in Zambia.
The event will be officially opened by the Zambian Minister of Labour and Social Security Honourable Joyce Nonde Namukoko and Minister of Employment of Finland Mr. Jari Lindstrom. Other eminent participants that will be present at the event include Permanent Secretary Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry Ms Kayla Siame, Finnish Ambassador to Zambia Mr. Timo Olkkonen, International Labour Organisation Director for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique Mr. Alexio Musindo and many others.
Among the key highlights of the Africa Forum is the high level signing ceremony for the SPIREWORK Social Protection Programme with the Minister of Labour and Social Security, National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) and the Minister of Employment of Finland.